Burning Stars: Introduce yourself. Say your name, position in the band and something about yourself.
Kyle Lewis (guitar): My names Kyle… I play guitar … and I’m originally from Buffalo NY woot woot!
BS: The band started about a year ago. How did the idea come about to form the band? And how did you go about picking a
name for the band?
Kyle: The idea to form the band was actually mine… Allister had just broken up. We were on our final tour which was an
amazing 2 and a half month tour of Japan and I just knew I wasn’t done with music… there was so much more left to
accomplish and I'm still young. I immediately asked Scottie to be a part of it.. Then I called up Chris from my Skype account
as I had known him from my Showoff days.. He was always a super sweet dude who wrote amazing songs.. Next I called up
Nick who said he was in… by the time we came home from the tour Chris had a couple of song ideas floating around so we
got together over a weekend in February with Dan Hammond and finished "Face In The Dirt", "You Vs Me", and a song we
never wound up using. After that practice we realized having a member from California just wasn’t going to cut it so we got
local guitar legend Nate Thruman and here we are.
Things got going pretty quick for us… so we were in a pinch for a name.. we had a lot of ideas floating around… we all
compiled lists and had probably close to a hundred ideas… and then one of Scottie Friends Rory actually suggested The Get
Go.. We liked it.. It made sense for us it’s a new beginning for all of us so we adopted it!
BS: You recently finished recording your debut album. How many songs did you initially have written for it and how many
did you end up picking to go on the album? Have you decided on a title for the album and have you chosen what song you
will be releasing as the first single yet? And when should fans expect the album to be released?
Kyle: We originally had close to 20 songs and we narrowed it down to 12 or 13.
Well, the record we recorded is coming out in Japan the first week of May on an amazing label called Dynamord and the
record is called “Hello Again”. We’re so excited to be a part of this label.. It was our first choice when we started the band ..
We had a lot of labels with offers on the table but it was really a no brainer for us. We are shopping the record in the US right
now.. The state of the music industry is pretty horrible right now so getting a deal is harder than ever but we’ve got some
interested parties and are confident we’ll get a US release sooner than later. The US and Japanese releases will be a bit
different from one another.. We’re going to record some new songs for the US release. The first single in Japan is “Face In The
Dirt” and the follow up will most likely be “Without You”. There’s so many songs we’re really fond of on the album that it's
hard to pick a single. The US singles will be different.
BS: Last time I saw the band you had a 4 song cd for sale. Will any of the songs on that cd be on your debut album?
Kyle: We’re not sure exactly what songs will make the US release or not but I would say 2 of the 4 should definitely cut it.
BS: You worked with Marc McCluskey on your album. How did you decide on having him produce it? What was it like
working with him?
Kyle: We’ve been friends with Marc for a while and he’s an amazing producer. We worked with on a Japanese release at the
end of Allister and new immediately we wanted to work with him on the new band.. We asked him from the start if he would
be interested in teaming up and he was. It was a great experience recording with him.. He’s so well versed in music theory
and has a great ear… plus he’s a huge Ghostbusters buff so that made for some interesting conversation ha.
BS: Was there one song that you really enjoyed recording or writing for the album? Could you tell us about it?
Kyle: I really enjoyed recording the song “Target”. it’s got a cool sound to it.. Its poppy with a bit of a darker side.. But not
too much.. it’s a cool song. I feel like that’s the sound we will lean towards in the future
BS: You have already played a number of shows as a band and are about to go to the UK with MxPx and Punchline for the
Good To Go Tour. How has the response been so far at the shows? And how do you think the response will be with fans over
Kyle: The reaction at the shows has been amazing so far.. Our first Chicago headline show was sold out which far exceeded
our expectations… the UK tour with MXPX and Punchline was absolutely amazing.. It was touching how many kids came
out and sang along and how we could see those numbers grow from the beginning to the end of the tour. That tour was such
an amazing experience especially considering it was our first tour out.. We shared a bus with MXPX and Punchline which
made for a lot of unbelievable memories… we all ready miss all of those guys but I'm confident we will be seeing more of both
BS: Do you have any plans for a US tour as of yet or is there something in the works for the spring?
Kyle: No plans for a US tour yet.. With the record coming out in Japan in May we will be heading over there twice this year..
Once around the release for a festival date and some headlining shows and then again at the end of summer hopefully for
more fests and an extensive tour. We just started talking to booking agents in the US so that we can start getting on some
tours… we definitely are going to be doing this full time and can’t wait to get out on the road and see all of the corners of this
BS: You have been in bands such as Showoff, The Fold and Allister over the last 13 years touring around the US, Japan and
the UK. What was the most memorable experience or tour?
Kyle: Hmm… most memorable experience or tour.. That’s a hard one.. Two things come to mind the first time we went out
on tour with Less Than Jake.. They took us to the UK which was our first trip over there and they were the nicest guys ever…
we had such a blast hanging with them and The Teen Idols.. It was the longest UK tour ever done by American bands (close to
a month.. The UK is really small) the shows were ridiculously huge (1500 - 4000 every night) and we shared a van with the
Teen Idols.. Who are a blast and definitely do not shy away from a good time ha… the other is when we played a show in
Japan with our friends and now label mates Ellegarden at Makuhari Messe. Ellegarden is absolutely humongous in Japan..
We played a 35,000 capacity venue that they sold out pre-sale and it was just them and us. It was insane.. I had never seen
that many people in one place before.. Let alone have them all watching us play. It was absolutely incredible.
BS: Do you have any final words for your fans? Or anything else you would like to share that maybe didn't get covered in the
Kyle: Just like to say thanks to anybody reading this or has ever supported any of the bands I’ve been in. The Get Go is for
real and we’re coming at ’ya yo! Keeping checking our MySpace for the latest news/shows and we can’t wait to release our
record so that we can get on the road and see all of those familiar faces again!
The Get Go interview by: Maureen Benedict